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Performance Physical Therapy

Our Therapists​

What makes us special is our people!

We treat everyone in our practice with the care and respect that a family member would deserve. This personalized, hands on care has allowed us to have the reputation as the premiere rehabilitation center in the area. Over 100 area doctors send their patients and families to us for treatment.

We get results from listening to our patients and tailoring a plan specifically for them. Patients in our practice become an expert in the management of their condition by the time of discharge. We pride ourselves in our ability to educate as well as treat. Patients respond well to our attentive, safe, and positive environment.

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Melanie Physical Therapist at PPT and Fitness

Melanie Fajardo

PT, DPT

Melanie is the clinic manager of the Christiana office. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for undergraduate school where she obtained her B.S. in Kinesiology and later attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. Melanie treats all orthopedic conditions including joint replacement/post-operative surgeries and injuries pertaining to the spine and extremities. She has a passion for working with pregnant and post-partum moms. Melanie has a specialization in pelvic health and treating pelvic floor dysfunction for both females and males. She has obtained her training through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She enjoys being crafty, traveling, camping, and hiking with her husband and dog in her spare time.

Steve R. Physical Therapist

Stephen Rapposelli

PT, OCS

Steve was working for another practice in Delaware in 1991 when he asked the owner to one day buy into his practice. He told Steve lots of reasons why that wasn’t possible, including, ‘you cant afford it’. 3 months later, in 1992, Steve opened Performance Physical Therapy. He simply felt that there would always be business for someone who treated other people like family. That reason for existing still is evident today in all aspects of PPT. Today, Steve has 2 missions: treat his local community like VIPs, and to mentor staff to achieve all their personal and professional goals. For these reasons, he continues to say, ‘I have the best job in the world!’





John Bradley

John Bradley

PT

John is a native of New Castle, Delaware. He attended Salesianum High School in Wilmington and then Boston University for his Physical Therapy degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1987. He completed internships at Massachusetts General Hospital and with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. His areas of special interest include physical therapy of the spine as well as ergonomics and work injury prevention. He is a regular consultant to regional and international manufacturing companies for his work in ergonomics and the prevention of work-related injuries. In his over thirty years of practice, he has taught literally thousands of workers and company managers how they can be safer at work and prevent life-changing injuries. He is also a regular columnist for the News Journal Health and Medical Section.

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Amanda Vito

PT, DPT

Amanda was born and raised in Delaware County, PA right outside the city of Philadelphia. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Kinesiology and went on to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She currently has a special interest in post-op orthopedic patient care and geriatrics. Outside of physical therapy, Amanda loves to play ice hockey, go running, travel, and spend time with family and friends. Her favorite part of being a physical therapist is communicating with patients and learning about their interests and past experiences. Amanda is our clinic director in our Concord location and really lives our values of treating everyone like family.

Sean Ruane Physical Therapist Delaware

Sean Ruane

PT, DPT, OCS

Sean is a Pennsylvania native, and attended Lock Haven University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University in May of 2016. He’s an Eagles and Penn State fan, and became interested in physical therapy because “It gives me the ability to help patients return to the activities that are most important to them and at the highest level possible.” He’s become an MVP on our team, and we’re confident you’ll love his enthusiasm and dedication!






Nicolette Morreale Physical Therapist

Nicolette Downes

PT, DPT, MS

Nicolette is the Clinic Manager of the Hockessin Clinic. She completed her BS in Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University. She then attended the University of Delaware and received her MS in Anatomy and Clinical Health Sciences, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in December 2017. Nicolette treats all orthopedic injuries, including joint replacements, post-operative, upper extremity and lower extremity injuries, lumbar and cervical spine. She also has additional education in treatment of vestibular patients and geriatric populations. Some of her interests outside of physical therapy include health and fitness, cheering on Penn State and the Philadelphia sports teams, cooking (and eating), and going “down the shore” with her family.

Sara Warren, DPT

Sara Warren

PT, DPT

Sara was born and raised in Pike Creek, DE and recently moved back to the area. She received her bachelor of science in exercise science from the University of Delaware and her Doctorate of Physical therapy from Touro College of health Sciences in Bay Shore, NY. Sara’s professional goals include achieving my CSCS and OCS certifications. She currently have a special interest in treating post-op orthopedics and athletes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy, running, hiking, reading and spending time outdoors. “I’m excited to be back in Delaware and working at Performance Physical Therapy and Fitness.”

Heena Patel Physical Therapists in Delaware

Heena Patel

PTA

Heena moved from India in 2009 and since then lives in DE. She is a recent graduate of Phi Theta Kappa honor society from the physical therapist assistant program at Delaware Technical Community College. She has found great interest working with the geriatric population by helping them to feel confident, gain strength, mobility and enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Her hobbies are to spend time with friends & family and work on DIY projects.





Kristen Jackson

PTA

Kristen is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Delaware Technical Community College in May 2018. She enjoyed 10 wonderful years working at Cardiology Physicians as a Medical Assistant. Kristen has a strong desire to continue to help others feel better! Her hobbies include playing basketball and soccer with her son, reading, and going to Lewes beach with family in the summer.







Jennifer Morrison

PTA

Jennifer is a native Delawarean, born in Wilmington and grew up in Newark. As a graduate from Delaware Technical and Community College in 1992, she has enjoyed working in the Physical Therapy field for over 25 years. Her greatest satisfaction is to see patients healed and able to return to their previous level of function or better! She and her husband enjoy raising their 2 year old Italian Mastiff, traveling, cooking as well as spending time with family and friends.

Brian Kalafut

PTA

Brian was born and raised in Pike Creek, DE and now lives with his wife and two children in Boothwyn, PA. He has his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware and prior to graduating from the PTA Program at The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Brian worked as an Exercise Physiologist for 13 years. Brian is a passionate Eagles fan and a volleyball enthusiast who has coached at the Junior Olympic level and has played competitively for almost 20 years.

Lynne Sturgill Physical Therapist in Delaware

Lynne Sturgill

PT, DPT, OCS

Lynne is a native Delawarean and a graduate of the University of Delaware. She obtained her clinical doctorate from Widener University and is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics. She has lots of experience in treating patients with various orthopedic issues and is recently certified in Dry Needling. She is active in the Delaware Physical Therapy Association and currently serves as Delegate. In addition, she volunteers at a pro-bono physical therapy clinic. In her free time Lynne enjoys biking, hiking and travelling with her family.

Alison Walker

PT, DPT, MTC, CMFT

Alison has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of DE, a Master of Educational Counseling degree from Wilmington University and then graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in FL in 2010 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Alison completed internships in Louisiana, Oklahoma and in Delaware. She volunteered in Lima Peru, where she assisted geriatric patients in rural communities outside of the city. Her PT experience has consisted of work in nursing homes, outpatient orthopedic clinics, hospitals, and home health. She received her Manual Therapy Certification in 2015 and also has a background in Women’s Health and pelvic floor therapy. Recently, Alison has studied with Dr. Jennifer Mercier in Chicago to obtain the designation of Certified Mercier Fertility Therapist, using manual therapy to assist patients in obtaining their goals of conception. Her background includes treating orthopedic diagnoses/injuries including post surgical patients, back/neck pain, and upper extremity/lower extremity pain. Alison has lived in CA, NV, FL, PA, and RI. She now resides in the DE/PA area with her husband and 4 year old daughter.



Taylor Shelley

DPT

Taylor is a native Delawarean who grew up in North Wilmington and attended Padua Academy for high school. Taylor went on to Rider University where she competed as a Division I swimmer and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She then came back home to the University of Delaware where she received her Master of Science in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Taylor is excited to begin her career as a physical therapist, which has been a dream of hers since she was ten years old. Taylor still enjoys swimming and spends as much time as she can around water. She loves the beach and is an avid seashell collector. Taylor also enjoys reading, exercising, and walking her yellow lab Rosie!













Alexis Gordon

Alexis Gordon

PT, DPT

Alexis was born and raised in South Jersey. Growing up, she was a multisport athlete which began her interest in health and fitness, and ultimately led to her desire to pursue a career in the medical field. She graduated summa cum laude from Widener University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2020. Alexis chose to pursue physical therapy because it allows her to make unique connections with each patient and help them to attain their rehabilitation and fitness goals. She treats a variety of diagnosis including orthopedic injuries, balance deficits, and deconditioning and has experience treating both the pediatric and geriatric populations. Alexis treats patients in both the Wilmington and Christiana offices. Outside of physical therapy, Alexis enjoys spending time with friends and family, visiting the Jersey Shore in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter. She is excited to begin her career and to help patients return to their activities of interest!

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